Due to injuries, Brad Boxberger has worked in just 57 games logging a scant 53.2-innings over the past two years. According to MLB Trade Rumors, Boxberger is expected to earn $1.9MM in arbitration next year. With the injury risk and salary it was never quite clear if the Rays had plans for him in their pen for ’18.
In exchange for Boxberger, the Rays acquire minor league pitcher Curtis Taylor. The 22 year old went 3-4 with a 3.32 ERA (23-ER/62.1-IP) in 13 appearances (all starts) with the Dbacks Class A affiliate Kane County. He did not pitch after July 13 due to a right shoulder impingement, but is expected to be healthy to begin the 2018 season.
Following the season, he was ranked by MLB.com as the No. 14 prospect in the Dbacks system. Arizona selected him in the 4th round in the 2016 June Draft. He is the highest-drafted player from the University of British Columbia since left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis in 2002.
With the deal, the Rays roster currently sits at 39.